China’s Weird Architecture Problem

China has come to the conclusion they have a problem.

The issue isn’t the economy, politics, or unemployment. The issue is the abundance of weird architecture and strange, artistic, buildings.

It may not be news for everyone, but for those of us who haven’t had the pleasure of traveling to the far east yet, seeing some of these standing structures is quite astounding.

Weird Architecture

National Grand Theater, Beijing

What’s Weird?

Under  China’s new ban, how will the decision be made about what qualifies as weird?

Bizarre architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly will be forbidden. – China Daily Newspaper.

Why is the Ban Needed?

China experienced an economic and population density boom in the 90s and early 2000s. This led to a lot of people moving into previously unoccupied, urban areas.

As we’ve seen here in the States, these suburbs became boring, cookie cutter versions of other neighborhoods and places.

New businesses, in an effort to make themselves unique and distinct from the surrounding houses, strove to push the architectural envelope.

China’s meteoric rise has slowed down, and now the question is whether or not the architects pushed the envelope too far. The answer from the State Council seems to be a resounding yes. Although no changes are in the works for the bizarre buildings that are already standing, new buildings going up will have to conform to set standards.

In the meantime, we can all marvel at the structures already standing and wonder about what it must be like to go into work each day to a building shaped as if it isn’t safe for work.

The Buildings

Weird Architecture

CCTV Building, Beijing

Weird Architecture

Gate to the East, Suzhou, Jiangsu

Weird Architecture

Guangzhou Circle

Window of the World - Eiffel Tower Replica

Window of the World – Eiffel Tower Replica